Specs summary

Screen
7"

The Kindle Fire HDX's screen is 7 inches with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 3.0 (Based on Android) operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery.



The improved Fire OS now feels less restricting, but Amazon’s app selection is still weak.

- Matt Safford , Digital Trends 


The online merchant's new Fire is more powerful and less quirky than its predecessors -- and its built-in tech support is a breakthrough.

- Harry McCracken , Techland 

Reviews summary

8.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 37 reviews

What's good

  • High resolution screen with 100% color accuracy
  • Excellent processing speed
  • Lightweight

What's bad

  • Somewhat awkward button layout
  • Lack of UI customization
  • Lack of Google Play access

The Kindle Fire HDX offers many of the same features as the HDX 8.9” in a smaller package. While the larger HDX 8.9” does have a slightly higher resolution, most reviewers agree that this HDX still offers excellent resolution with the 1920×1200 display and also offers 100% color accuracy. Aside from the quality, Amazon also touts that the screen offers reduced glare. Engadget notes, however, that the display is actually quite glossy and can lead to issues with readability in bright light.

Thanks to a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, processing was smooth according to most. Gizmodo goes so far as to say that running anything on the HDX “is as pleasant as it is buttery smooth.”

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High praises are also given by reviewers for the overall design and feel. With the first generation Kindle Fire, many found the button placement awkward. This new model seems to solve those problems by repositioning the buttons. Gigaom mentions that the power and volume buttons are easy to use even with one hand. In addition, this tablet is also much lighter than its predecessors, weighing in at 303 grams (10.7 ounces) for the WiFi only version.

For the most part, there are very few complaints. Despite improvements with some design issues, Gizmodo notes that there still are a few quirks with the button layout and an oddly angled microUSB port. One of the main drawbacks, however, is that it runs on its own OS Fire 3.0 Mojito. The new OS does offer more features; however Techland and others noticed a lack of customization in the UI; most notably the fact that it does not support desktop widgets. In addition, the Kindle does not offer access to the Google Play store.

Despite a few drawbacks, most reviewers agree that the Kindle Fire HDX is a very solid tablet. Techcrunch notes that as “general-purpose media device, it’s great.”


Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)


What Hi-Fi

An excellent tablet made with Amazon users in mind

from What Hi-Fi

With its fantastic screen, fast navigation and excellent multimedia performance, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a fantastic tablet that impresses in so many ways but fails in one big one: choice.

The closed nature of the Amazon ecosystem makes us long for the airy openness of Google P...More

With its fantastic screen, fast navigation and excellent multimedia performance, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a fantastic tablet that impresses in so many ways but fails in one big one: choice.

The closed nature of the Amazon ecosystem makes us long for the airy openness of Google Play, with its wide selection of apps, games and movies. Give us this tablet with full access to that and it could even give the Google Nexus 7 a run for its money… 

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TechnoBuffalo

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX sports great specs, a beautiful display, and an incredible customer service experience that truly sets it apart

from TechnoBuffalo

For what it’s designed to do, the Kindle Fire HDX is a superstar. Amazon has always used its products to shuttle consumers to its online ecosystem, and the HDX is no different—but that’s not a bad thing at all. If you’re familiar with Amazon products, you’ll find the...More

For what it’s designed to do, the Kindle Fire HDX is a superstar. Amazon has always used its products to shuttle consumers to its online ecosystem, and the HDX is no different—but that’s not a bad thing at all. If you’re familiar with Amazon products, you’ll find the company’s latest tablet to be immensely enjoyable thanks to its sharp display and handsome design. It doesn’t hit all the right notes, and the device is by no means perfect, but it offers a wonderful no-fuss experience that’s perfect for the everyday consumer. The fact that is has Mayday, an incredible flagship customer service experience that’s perfect for the less tech savvy, is a device seller. At $229 for the 16GB model (with Amazon’s Special Offer ads), the HDX is an affordable tablet that should be right at the top of your wishlist.

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Know Your Mobile

Breaks new ground in the mid-tier tablet space

from Know Your Mobile

This isn’t a tablet for power users or content creators. This is a tablet for someone who lives in Amazon’s ecosystem. Maybe they already have a Kindle ereader and a large selection of Kindle books. If so, this is the perfect tablet for them. And given the new Mayday Amazon Tech help...More

This isn’t a tablet for power users or content creators. This is a tablet for someone who lives in Amazon’s ecosystem. Maybe they already have a Kindle ereader and a large selection of Kindle books. If so, this is the perfect tablet for them. And given the new Mayday Amazon Tech help feature, it’s also the perfect tablet for the non-tech-savvy grandparent who just needs some kind of computing device to do basic communication with relatives. If they need help using it, Amazon Tech is there for them 24 hours a day.

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TechRadar

Excellent hardware overall thanks to powerful internals

from TechRadar

For the right kind of customer, the Kindle Fire HDX is the perfect tablet. And who is that customer? Someone who doesn't want to much more than consume content on their tablet.

For the customisation you give up, you gain simplicity and ease of use. We'd like to call this the sort of tablet you give to someone who is less than tech savvy, but those devices don't usually have such good hardware. There's not single junk part on the Kindle Fire HDX that'll spoil your experience with all of Amazon's rich content. Features like X-Ray for movies, downloadable Prime videos and Mayday will have the most ardent Nexus fan feeling rather jealous...

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For the right kind of customer, the Kindle Fire HDX is the perfect tablet. And who is that customer? Someone who doesn't want to much more than consume content on their tablet.

For the customisation you give up, you gain simplicity and ease of use. We'd like to call this the sort of tablet you give to someone who is less than tech savvy, but those devices don't usually have such good hardware. There's not single junk part on the Kindle Fire HDX that'll spoil your experience with all of Amazon's rich content. Features like X-Ray for movies, downloadable Prime videos and Mayday will have the most ardent Nexus fan feeling rather jealous.

If you're a Prime subscriber, or heavily invested in Amazon's ecosystem, the Kindle Fire HDX is a smart purchase. 

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Digital Versus

A premium portal for access to Amazon's various stores

from Digital Versus

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" is a good-quality tablet, offering great performances, smooth and speedy operation, plus one of the best displays in the current mobile device market. However, it's held back by the restrictive OS that puts Amazon and its various services at the heart of the device....More

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" is a good-quality tablet, offering great performances, smooth and speedy operation, plus one of the best displays in the current mobile device market. However, it's held back by the restrictive OS that puts Amazon and its various services at the heart of the device. This not only affects the general user experience but also turns the open-source Android OS on which it's based into a locked-down walled garden from which it's hard to escape.

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Reviewed

Impressive spec sheets but still doesn't measure up to the competition

from Reviewed

The idea behind the Kindle Fire HDX is something that was tried before with early Android tablets: If you can't beat the competition on equal footing, why not flank them by outmuscling the competition for cheaper? It worked for Android against Apple, but there's no reason to believe that it will work for Amazon without the user experience to match...

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The idea behind the Kindle Fire HDX is something that was tried before with early Android tablets: If you can't beat the competition on equal footing, why not flank them by outmuscling the competition for cheaper? It worked for Android against Apple, but there's no reason to believe that it will work for Amazon without the user experience to match.

Though their Mayday feature is admittedly a huge feat, it's tough to overlook things like the absence of Google services. You may not think much of YouTube or an official GMail app now, but you'll notice it when it's gone. Now that the latest Kindle Fire can only reach the same price as the Nexus 7 via the support of advertisements on your lock screen, it's a tough sell—especially when there's something better out there for the same price.

The hardware of the Kindle Fire HDX 7" looks good on paper, but put together it's a mess. Though it looks fine before you turn it on, the HDX 7" has low build quality and noticeable problems. The Mayday feature may be enticing, but unless you use Amazon Prime for your streaming content, there's very little reason to buy this tablet. 

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Beta News

The tablet must be given serious consideration if you are a customer of Amazon Prime

from Beta News

I confess to being a big fan of the Kindle Fire HD. It is a highly customized version of Android -- almost unrecognizable, in fact. But if you are a customer of Amazon Prime, then the tablet must be given serious consideration because of its tight integration with the service. The HDX only enhanc...More

I confess to being a big fan of the Kindle Fire HD. It is a highly customized version of Android -- almost unrecognizable, in fact. But if you are a customer of Amazon Prime, then the tablet must be given serious consideration because of its tight integration with the service. The HDX only enhances this perception, with better features and a huge design improvement in the form of the buttons.

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Tech Advisor

A speedy, easy-to-use tablet

from Tech Advisor

The Fire HDX is an accomplished tablet with excellent performance and a great screen, but one that suffers from a couple of problematic flaws. The blue light leakage will annoy some people who like to read a lot, while the lack of apps will trip up anyone expecting the choice you get on an iPad o...More

The Fire HDX is an accomplished tablet with excellent performance and a great screen, but one that suffers from a couple of problematic flaws. The blue light leakage will annoy some people who like to read a lot, while the lack of apps will trip up anyone expecting the choice you get on an iPad or Nexus 7. It’s a great choice for undemanding users who will benefit from the closed, safe, easy-to-use ecosystem and the free tech support via the Mayday button.

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Expert Reviews

Fast, well-built and great value, but some may find its OS a bit restrictive

from Expert Reviews

There's a lot to like about the Kindle Fire HDX 7". It's extremely well priced, too. Admittedly you lose out a few minor things (NFC and a rear camera, for example), but what's there is extremely high quality. There's even quite a lot to like about Fire OS, particularly if you buy everything thro...More

There's a lot to like about the Kindle Fire HDX 7". It's extremely well priced, too. Admittedly you lose out a few minor things (NFC and a rear camera, for example), but what's there is extremely high quality. There's even quite a lot to like about Fire OS, particularly if you buy everything through and use all of Amazon's servers. For some, the Mayday button is a reason to buy alone.

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PC Pro

A lovely piece of hardware

from PC Pro

The Kindle HDX is a brilliant piece of hardware, of that there is no doubt. It's slick, quick and very easy to use. However, for us, it falls just short of greatness. We'd rather have the open approach and broader selection of features on the Nexus 7 than the faster performance of the HDX, especially since the price is exactly the same.

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The Kindle HDX is a brilliant piece of hardware, of that there is no doubt. It's slick, quick and very easy to use. However, for us, it falls just short of greatness. We'd rather have the open approach and broader selection of features on the Nexus 7 than the faster performance of the HDX, especially since the price is exactly the same.

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amazon

cell phone battery

from amazon
Although not a "factory brand name" battery, it works just as well. Charge lasts longer than origional due to following instructions of vendor. Was a lot cheaper than buying a new phone or limiting myself to extending my contract with current provider. Vendor provided quick service without paying extra...More
Although not a "factory brand name" battery, it works just as well. Charge lasts longer than origional due to following instructions of vendor. Was a lot cheaper than buying a new phone or limiting myself to extending my contract with current provider. Vendor provided quick service without paying extra for overnight delivery. Very satisfied-overall. Less
amazon

Works Great.

from amazon
What can I say, it was the product I asked for, showed up promptly, and works well. I'm definitely satisfied with my purchase.
amazon

Worked like a charm

from amazon
The battery was bought because my wife's battery died before we had a chance to copy her numbers to the sim card. Upon its arrival my wife switched batteries and it came right up. I completed the transfer and we were able to put the sim into her new phone. She was very happy to have all of her numbers!
The battery was bought because my wife's battery died before we had a chance to copy her numbers to the sim card. Upon its arrival my wife switched batteries and it came right up. I completed the transfer and we were able to put the sim into her new phone. She was very happy to have all of her numbers! Less
amazon

Just as promised

from amazon
It arrived promptly and exactly as promised. Works just fine and cost about 1/5 as much as was being asked in retail stores. Even after paying for shipping it worked out to 1/3 less than retail.
amazon

One New, One Used

from amazon
I ordered two batteries, one for my husband's phone and one for mine. After a few weeks we noticed that one held a charge for less time than the one it replaced, while the other functioned for much longer. And, when it is about half charged the phone shuts off if any power demand is put upon it. Upo...More
I ordered two batteries, one for my husband's phone and one for mine. After a few weeks we noticed that one held a charge for less time than the one it replaced, while the other functioned for much longer. And, when it is about half charged the phone shuts off if any power demand is put upon it. Upon review of the faulty battery we found scratches on it and assume we were sent a refurbished/used battery even though the product description said new. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 18, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 3.0 (Based on Android)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time 11 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 11 hours
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time 17 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 18.5 x 0.9 cm (5 x 7.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 303 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Pixel density 323 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Unknown
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, MOBL, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kindle Fire HDX 7", Fire 7" HDX

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